Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Professor of History and International Studies Program Director Daniel P. Kotzin, Ph.D., presented his research this May at the 2021 Teaching History Conference, “Challenges in Teaching & Learning History: Issues of Pedagogy & Content,” sponsored by University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Dr. Kotzin presented a workshop titled “Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate How Slavery is Taught.” The presentation discussed flipping the perspectives of students by having them critically evaluate and look at slavery from a teacher’s perspective. Educators who participated in the workshop were able to consider the ways they can incorporate the 2018 report produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) about how slavery is taught in American schools into their own classrooms.
Dr. Kotzin holds a Ph. D. in American History from New York University. He has published a wide range of research and scholarship related to the American Civil War period.